29th November 2017 The MALESTROM

The Christmas gift guide edit for HIM

It’s that time of the year again folks when everyone goes consumer crazy and if you didn’t manage to get organised and pick up some bargains on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, not sure what happened on Saturday and Sunday, maybe ask Craig David, although he might not have gift solutions, that’s where we come in. Yes, whether your buying for family or that special someone, or just looking for ideas as you’re bombarded with the dreaded query – What do you want for Christmas? Fear not we have you covered, here’s The MALESTROM Christmas gift guide…

SlugHaus Bullet 02 from The Foundry – £11.99

This novel bullet shaped keyring is the world’s smallest LED torch and would make for the perfect stocking filler. Ideal for the cumbersome and clumsy man in your life, as it’s virtually indestructible thanks to it’s aerospace grade aluminium shell, as well as being water resistant, which means you can play with it in the bath. Add to that the fact that the bulb has a lifespan of 150,000 hours it should be good to guide you through that drunken late night stumble back from the boozer.

The OEX Zenon Ultra LT Jacket from Go Outdoors – £130

This ultra lightweight jacket with ultra heavyweight insulation powers, is the solution to the ever decreasing temperatures and with January and February set to be colder looking than Peter Schmeichel’s nose, you might want to get an order in for one of these. It’s been made by some very smart science types, with it’s DWR treatment making light work of light rain, turning droplets into beads that you can just shake off like a wet dog. It has a hydrophobic down fill, which basically means you’ll stay snuggly warm whatever. All we know is it’s light, super comfortable, and doesn’t compromise in the style stakes.

Denon Envaya Range from Denon – £89-169

A quality speaker is an absolute must these days, although I’m not sure The MALESTROM’s neighbours would agree, however if you’re not booming audio from all corners of the house then your not living our friend. And if you want a speaker that work’s after being submerged in one metre of water for thirty minutes then you’ve come to the right place. The Envaya range is a bit special it has a long lasting battery life and built-in Siri activation, offers instant access to the “personal iPhone” assistant at the simple press of a button and has a high quality built-in microphone that enables you to make hands free calls on Apple and Android devices. The only thing it can’t do is get those damn roast potatoes all crispy on the outside and soft in the centre.

Craft Beer Advent Calendar from HonestBrew – £74.90

Finally someone has created a craft beer advent calendar! This rather wonderful creation is the brainchild of that clever lot at HonestBrew. The ‘calendar’ or small brewery contains 24 beers including IPAs, stouts, porters and sours, from top craft breweries. The fancy artwork is courtesy of HATCH – aka London-based artist & illustrator Dave Smith. It’s not so much a gift for Christmas Day per se, although it would make for a good excuse to scratch dry January, we prefer a wet one anyway. Expect highly detailed patterns and tones that create eye-catching graphic compositions, just like you’ll see on HonestBrew’s packaging, it really is an impressive thing.

Star Wars Galactic Atlas from I Just Love It – £59.99

For all of you Star Wars nuts out there this new Galactic Atlas should satiate the appetite of the geekiest of fans. With no stone left unturned this 77-page book comprehensively covers the whole Star Wars universe, illustrating the galaxies and planets referenced in the film franchise. Worlds from the movie’s such as The Force Awakens and Rogue One, as well as TV shows, The Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars are all illustrated in the edition. You even get your own name embossed on the cover, which may or may not be Luke.

GoPro Fusion from GoPro – £699.99

The GoPro fusion looks set to take holiday videos to a level never seen before, in fact families the length and breadth of the nation will be able to bust out a cinematic feast with this most versatile addition to their impressive digital camera family. This is definitely one for the more serious filmmaker in your life though, simply because the functions, adaptability and potential is endless. The sleek design hints at a serious piece of kit and with two lenses front and back, it’s like having a tiny film crew in your hand. In fact the 360 degree capability of this camera is incredible, turning multiple images into one spherical image without any stitching. The versatility doesn’t stop there, it’s waterproof, has voice control operation, shoots in 5.2k resolution and has an incredible stabilization feature, need we say more – there’s more? Hollywood awaits.

Movie Art from Acme Archives Direct – Prices vary

What movie fan wouldn’t want Darth Vader staring down at them from their wall? Everyone right? Especially if the pictures are as cool as the ones Acme Archives are currently knocking out. This moody little picture is called ‘Lurking Lineage’ by artist Jeremy Saliba, but there are a whole host of limited edition posters and canvases to choose from. Apart from the wealth of Star Wars based pics there’s also ones of the Indiana Jones films and Dreamworks and 2oth Century Fox characters. You currently have to order from the States, so readers in blighty get on it soon for Xmas delivery, but keep an eye out for their new UK store arriving very soon.

Casio Men’s G-Shock Mudmaster Master Of G Chronograph Watch from Watchshop – £225

We have to tell you this isn’t our first time at the G-Shock rodeo, we at The MALESTROM have been rocking these gloriously chunky watches since the early 90s. We’re pleased to say they’ve lost none of their rugged charm. This beauty is the latest new addition to the MASTER OF G MUDMASTER Series. It’s mud resistant so it won’t be troubled by any dirty work you have to do. It has a stainless steel and resin case and is fitted with a chronograph quartz movement, has a twin sensor to give you instant access to direction and temperature. It’s water resistant to 200 metres, oh and it tells the time as well. Extremely accurately. One for those with adventure at heart.

Floral handkerchief from Liberty London – £13.95

For all you dandies about town, this little number will look a treat tucked into a tailored top pocket. Add a well needed splash of colour into these bleak winter evenings at an attractive price. With an all-over floral print from the continually brilliant Liberty London this 100% cotton hankie made in collaboration with Intermode Kawabe might just be too good to wipe your nose with. But we probably will anyway.

Oculus Rift from Oculus – £399

Ask any man what he really wants for Christmas and he’ll say  drum roll please… an Oculus Rift of course! Yes the mental world of virtual reality is now very much a part of the 21st Century lifestyle landscape. This is sure to transform the drunken post Christmas games ritual into something Grandma never thought she’d experience. With the incredible touch controllers and 360 degree spatial audio, this is an immersive experience that will blow your mind while bringing belly laughs a plenty as you watch elderly relatives take to the skies as an eagle, indeed there’s hundreds of games and experiences, it just leaves you wondering, what next?

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